Sunday, April 20, 2014
Nice to see that the Red Sox did not celebrate much after clinching a playoff spot Thursday night. A bigger celebration could come tonight if they clinch the AL East. But there is still more work to be done, as in obtaining home-field advantage throughout the post-season by having the best American League record.
Before we get to the numbers, just a note on today's column. We focused on Boston's catcher, one of the team's new leaders, having replaced the guy with a C on his jersey. Did you know the Red Sox are going to the playoffs without a catcher named Varitek for the first time in 18 years?
And now the numbers:
Red Sox 93-61
Rays 83-69 (9 games back)
BOSTON’S MAGIC NUMBERS
To clinch the AL East: 1
To clinch the best record in the AL: 7
Boston (8): Blue Jays (3), at Rockies (2), at Orioles (3).
Rays (10): Orioles (4), at Yankees (3), at Blue Jays (3).
Tampa Bay 83-69
Cleveland 83-70 (0.5 game back)
Baltimore 81-71 (2)
Kansas City 80-72 (3)
New York 80-73 (3.5)
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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